Interested in collaborating to manage ecosystems? Attend NATA workshop in September!


Are you a natural resource professional interested in collaborating to manage ecosystems? Are you someone looking to discover strategies that bring multiple organizations and individuals together to seek common solutions? Do you want to learn how to use working groups to cope with complex environmental issues?

Participants gather around spring and listen to instructor Deborah Shelley talk about the role of working groups in the Wekiva Basin.

If yes, then consider taking NATA’s Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems workshop on September 25-26, 2019. The workshop will be held for the sixth time at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL. Nestled between picturesque longleaf pine trees and minutes from a second magnitude spring, the cabins at the Youth Camp provide a great opportunity for a tranquil stay overnight.

Workshop objectives

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems (formerly known as “Working Across Boundaries to Protect Ecosystems”) enhances collaboration skills and showcases successful examples of managing natural areas in the context of a larger ecosystem. (Note: This workshop is presented in a hybrid format; there is an online component required before you can attend the in-person training. The online component takes about 8 hours to complete.)

Instructor Rafael Montalvo leads Day 2 with group dynamic moderation and conflict resolution exercises.

The field trip on the first day of the in-person training highlights suitable approaches for addressing complex threats facing entire ecosystems. On Day 2, participants develop and practice skills in listening, communicating, and moderating group dynamics, and facilitating to cope with conflict. Throughout the online component and with examples at the in-person training, participants will better understand the concept of ecosystem management and its relevance to managing natural resources.

Additional details
Cabins at the Wekiwa Youth Camp.

The registration fee for this workshop is $275. Lodging is $40/person/night to stay in a cabin at the park’s Youth Camp. The registration deadline for this workshop is August 22. Ready to register? Great, click here! For additional questions regarding this workshop and other NATA workshops, visit our website or contact the workshop coordinator at


Posted: July 15, 2019

Category: Natural Resources, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Collaboration, NATA, Natural Areas Training Academy, Workshops

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